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awareness training with staff, to provide services in a linguistically and culturally appropriate way. Future Service Funding Agreements will continue to incorporate these requirements.

(7) Like many jurisdictions, the ACT takes steps to target public housing resources to members of the Canberra community, by imposing eligibility requirements that require applicants to be living in Australia permanently and have lived in Canberra for at least 6 months. We do however, recognise that many marginalised groups across the Canberra community, including people from CALD backgrounds, are facing serious challenges to safe and secure housing and need help sooner. The public housing program includes hardship provisions that allows the Commissioner for Social Housing to apply discretion to waive this requirement for anyone who is experiencing severe hardship necessitating access to public housing.

In 2015 this government declared Canberra a Refugee Welcome Zone. This declaration reflects our long-held position of support for refugees – a position that has been reflected by our exemption of persons who are in Australia seeking temporary protection from permanent residence eligibility criteria since 2007.

(8) As a social landlord, Housing ACT work tirelessly to support the more than 10,600 ACT households currently living in public housing. In 2015, the Commissioner for Social Housing introduced a Modernising Tenancies Framework that promotes targeted, differentiated and outcomes-focussed service delivery for all of our tenants regardless of their cultural background.

This framework recognises that Housing ACT has responsibilities that go beyond standard tenancy management and extends to the social welfare of tenants, residents and community. Similarly it recognises that public housing is made up of a variety of people with differing strengths and support needs. Housing ACT work with each of their tenants to provide as much (or as little) support as they need to maintain their tenancy and achieve desired social outcomes. This involves linking tenants with culturally appropriate community services who are able to provide ongoing and more intensive supports than Housing ACT can otherwise provide.

ACTION bus service—routes
(Question No 1455)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Transport and City Services, upon notice, on 11 May 2018:

(1) When will the Pink Rapid Bus Service (via Kippax Fair) be introduced this year.

(2) Will the Pink Rapid bus route also stop at Hawker shops and Jamison Centre; if not, why not.

(3) When will results of the Stage 2 of the consultation be announced.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) All new Rapid services will be launched as part of the new bus network which is currently under development. The second stage of community consultation on the new bus network will commence shortly. The exact date of the new network’s implementation will be finalised after the second stage of consultation.

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